When I think of Tennessee, I think of mason jars, fireflies, tall grass and rolling hills, bluegrass music, corn bread and of course, what good would Tennessee be without some good old southern twang?! (If my husband were writing this he would add sweet tea to the list :-)). But these adjectives are only the tip of the iceberg. A couple of weeks ago, Jeremy and I rented a compact car (about the same size as a 4 wheeler) and drove the insanely long 12 hr drive from Stuart, FL up to my dad's farm in Sparta, TN. I remember how glad we were to have finally arrived! When we got there we were greeted by my stepmom Joy and my Aunt Martha, who was so kind to have baked us a delicious banana upside down cake (a new one for me)! The farm house, built back in the 1800's is the epitome of southern living. From the wood floors, cozy quilts, fireplaces, to the rocking chairs on both the front and back porch--this home was made for hospitality.

 

Our time there gave us a lot of time do to absolutely nothing, but relax and breathe in the warm summer air. The swing that faced the pasture was the perfect place for doing just that!

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My Aunt Martha who works in the garden every single day!

My Aunt Martha who works in the garden every single day!

Just enjoying the afternoon!

Just enjoying the afternoon!

One of my favorite views of the house.

One of my favorite views of the house.

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Such a typical country front porch :) Love it!

Such a typical country front porch :) Love it!

There's literally always work to be done! Here Jeremy is sprinkling mulch down on the garden bed to give it a finished look.

There's literally always work to be done! Here Jeremy is sprinkling mulch down on the garden bed to give it a finished look.

Fritz the cat is peering over his 'shoulder' only to observe his arch enemy Oliver lapping up water from his water bowl. Oliver has no idea that Fritz is watching. He is afraid, yes afraid of Fritz. He tries to be tough by barking at him, but he would cower in fear if he was ever challenged :)

Fritz the cat is peering over his 'shoulder' only to observe his arch enemy Oliver lapping up water from his water bowl. Oliver has no idea that Fritz is watching. He is afraid, yes afraid of Fritz. He tries to be tough by barking at him, but he would cower in fear if he was ever challenged :)

Plenty of fresh vegetables everyday!

Plenty of fresh vegetables everyday!

"Will you please stand like this and pose for me, right here" I asked Jeremy. Rolling his eyes, "Oh, alright".  :) 

"Will you please stand like this and pose for me, right here" I asked Jeremy. Rolling his eyes, "Oh, alright".  :) 

This is one of our favorite views, it was taken from the back of the pasture gazing down upon the Farm House.

This is one of our favorite views, it was taken from the back of the pasture gazing down upon the Farm House.

Our farm family photo :)

Our farm family photo :)

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fresh blueberries from the back yard.

Fresh blueberries from the back yard.

My first attempt at a homemade blueberry pie from scratch. 

My first attempt at a homemade blueberry pie from scratch. 

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